Summary of broadband development in Cyprus
The Government of Cyprus encourages the market to invest in Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and 5G infrastructure by providing the incentives related to regulatory certainty and measures. These steps promote cooperation between the providers of electronic communications services, close monitoring of the progress and stimulation of demand through increased e-government, eHealth and e-education services. Public investments can only be used in areas where the market fails to develop and should be carefully targeted, so that they are not a deterrent to private investments. The Broadband Plan of Cyprus 2021-2025 was announced in November 2021.
National broadband strategy and policy
- The Department of Electronic Communications (DEC, Τμήμα Ηλεκτρονικών Επικοινωνιών) is part of the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy (Υφυπουργείο Έρευνας, Καινοτομίας και Ψηφιακής Πολιτικής). DEC formulated and implements the comprehensive national strategy on information society, the Digital Strategy for Cyprus. DEC also regulates the spectrum management, oversees the Broadband Plan and acts as the national Broadband Competence Office (BCO).
- The Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation (ΓΕΡΗΕΤ/OCECPR) is the Regulatory Authority for the Electronic Communications and Postal Services.
Main aims for broadband development
The Department of Electronic Communications of the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy announced the Broadband Plan of Cyprus 2021-2025 in November 2021. It is a roadmap that aims to strengthen and develop new infrastructure, technologies and connectivity services. The plan includes a set of interventions at legislative and regulatory level, but also actions of practical support for the development of broadband infrastructure, and sets the following connectivity targets, to be achieved by 2025:
- Gigabit connectivity for all main socio-economic drivers,
- All premises in organized communities (urban or rural) to have access to internet connectivity offering a download speed of at least 100 Mbps, upgradable to 1 Gbps,
- 100% of the population living in organized communities (urban or rural), and all major terrestrial transport paths to have uninterrupted 5G coverage with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps,
- 70% of households to have an internet connection (take-up) with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps.
The Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy (DMRID) is also responsible for implementing the Digital Strategy for Cyprus 2020-2025 that is to accelerate its digital transformation. The strategy, adopted in June 2020, is set to contribute to economic growth and productivity and it aims to (i) achieve the digital transformation of the public sector (e-government); (ii) promote the digital transformation of the private sector; (iii) facilitate high-speed network connectivity; (iv) promote an accessible and inclusive society that has the skills to embrace the national digital transformation; and (v) promote innovation in line with the country’s level of digital maturity.
Main measures for broadband development
Component 4.1 of the Cyprus’s Recovery and Resilience Plan (EUR 53 million) includes reforms and investments that aim to foster and facilitate the widespread deployment of VHCN, including 5G and fibre. The reforms are expected to identify and remove the administrative bottlenecks, facilitating the rapid deployment of VHCN and investments by private operators. Investments support the build-up of VHCN in areas where there has been no private interest thereby addressing territorial disparities of broadband availability. The plan also includes a voucher scheme for individuals, to encourage the construction of their building internal cabling, for connection to VHCN. Furthermore, the installation of a high-capacity internet submarine link between Cyprus and Greece should further improve connectivity.
In the roadmap for implementing the Connectivity Toolbox, Cyprus plans to review the existing national framework in order to implement fast track procedures for granting permits and higher transparency of information.
Data on broadband development and technologies in Cyprus
For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).
Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband
For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.
National publications and press documents
- Broadband Plan of Cyprus 2021-2025
- Digital Strategy 2020-2025
- Study on National Broadband Plans
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Broadband Connectivity Reports and Analyses
- Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe
- Study on broadband coverage
- Cyprus - country reports on performances in digitisation: connectivity, digital skills, digital public services and more